March 2, 2016 // Uncategorized

Around the Diocese for March 6, 2016

Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne announced that four senior students have been named 2016 National Merit Finalists. Francis Centlivre, Jacob Gloudemans, Daniel Ostrowski and Leah Schroeder were initially selected as Semi-Finalists based on their PSAT scores earned in October of 2014. After review of their outstanding academic performance in high school and their subsequent SAT scores, these young men and young lady are being recognized for their potential for future academic accomplishment at the college level. They are also now being considered for college and corporate sponsored scholarship opportunities, which will be announced this month. In the photo, from left, are Centlivre, Gloudemans, Schroeder, Ostrowski and Bishop Dwenger High School Principal Jason Schiffli.

Catholic Charities announces the re-opening of its immigration program in South Bend

SOUTH BEND — Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has announced the re-opening of its Immigration Program in South Bend. The program offers outreach and legal services to immigrants so they can file for legal status and become fully integrated into the local community.

Many immigrants are unaware of their eligibility to legally reside and work in the United States. Reasons for this lack of awareness include the inability to speak fluent English, inability to afford legal counsel and related services, and their undocumented status. Catholic Charities provides safe and affordable advice in a private, one-on-one setting.

The program is made possible in part by the generosity of Our Sunday Visitor, which has provided a grant of $50,000 to support this program.

Clients of the program will be seen by appointment only at the Catholic Charities office, located at 1817 Miami Street, South Bend, Indiana 46613. For more information about the program or to make an appointment, call 574-234-3111.

Bishop Luers receives grant for calculators in special education classes

FORT WAYNE — Bishop Luers High School announced that the school has received a grant from the Florence M. and Paul M. Staehl Foundation with PNC Bank as the trustee. This grant has been used to purchase a classroom set of Ti-Nspire CX calculators for special education students. The special education department at Bishop Luers assists more than 40 students with an individual education plan. Making technology readily available to these students will improve their ability to keep up with their peers and grow as technology grows.

Catholic Youth Summer Camp 2016 offers new location, earlier date

HOWE — “Shine!” is the theme of Catholic Youth Summer Camp 2016. The new location is Camp Lutherwald located in Howe and the dates are June 26 through July 1. St. Jude, South Bend, and Sacred Heart in Lakeville are the sponsoring parishes from South Bend. St. Vincent de Paul in Fort Wayne is also a sponsoring parish for CYSC. The directors are Dave and Jan Torma, parishioners of St. Jude in South Bend. This camp will serve youth entering the fourth, fifth and sixth grades in the fall of 2016.

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades will be visiting and celebrating Mass at the camp on Wednesday, June 29.  Bishop Rhoades said of CYSC: “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for children to have a Catholic camp where they’re not only having a lot of fun with various outdoor activities, but they’re also learning the faith, they’re praying together, they’re learning important messages from the Gospel, which I was glad to see. They’re building bonds with Christ and each other. That’s what we’re all about!”

As the Tormas prepare for CYSC 2016, they note, “We are in need of volunteer adult staff; ages 18-24, and 25 years and above to serve as counselors, craft leaders and nurses. We are also in need of volunteer junior counselors ages 16 -17.”

“If you are passionate about your Catholic faith, love children, and want to share a week of camp life with a small group, please consider applying,” they report. “We have a good, basic schedule that integrates our Catholic spirituality and fun for the campers. We are hoping to build a staff that will bring a sense of joy, love, peace and creativity to assist us in implementing the program.”

Applications can be accessed at and the deadline is April 20.

Brochures for CYSC 2016 are being developed. For additional information, contact Dave and Jan Torma at 574-291-3381 or 574-707-3381.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School preschool teacher Sharen Gall helps her 3-year-old preschoolers make bologna and cheese sandwiches on Feb. 2. Gall’s preschool classes also collected clean socks to give to the homeless. Gall takes part in the “Catholics on a Mission” group, along with the Franciscan Brothers Minor. The group brings sandwiches, coffee, water, personal toiletries, clothing and clean socks to give out to the homeless at Freimann Square in downtown Fort Wayne.

Fatima Retreat to be highlighted with talks from Sister Coelho

SYRACUSE — The World Apostolate of Fatima Fort Wayne-South Bend Division is hosting a retreat with Sister Angela Coelho, a religious sister from the Congregation of Aliança de Santa Maria, medical doctor and postulator for the Cause of Canonization of Blessed Francisco and Jacinta, and vice postulator for the Cause of Beatification of Lucia dos Santos of Jesus.

The April 22-24 retreat will be held at the Oakwood Resort on Lake Wawasee in Syracuse.

Fatima Retreat weekend will include eight conferences with Sister Angela, daily Mass, rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Adoration and Benediction and opportunities for Confession. All meals are included. Cost for the retreat is $175 per person.

For more information call 260-437-1202 or email [email protected]. The reservation deadline is March 31.

USF offering courses to help prepare STEM teachers

FORT WAYNE  — The University of Saint Francis is participating in STEM Teach, a grant program to help provide advanced training for area teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The program was initiated by Independent Colleges of Indiana and is funded by the state of Indiana.

USF will be offering undergraduate and graduate coursework in biology, mathematics, chemistry and psychology over the next two years. The grant funds cover tuition and fees for teachers taking the courses, as well as the salary of the USF instructors involved.

“The University of Saint Francis is very excited to participate in this important grant,” said Dr. Lance Richey, dean of the USF School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “STEM Teach allows us to extend our long tradition of preparing teachers, particularly in these increasingly crucial disciplines.”

Eighteen to 21 credit hours are available through this program and while STEM Teach is aimed at high school instructors, any licensed teacher may participate. For information, contact Dr. Lance Richey at 260-399-7700, ext. 8112 or [email protected].

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